NFL Players Kneel For National Anthem, Stand For ‘God Save The Queen’

NFL players kneeled for the National Anthem but stood for 'God Save The Queen.'

NFL players kneeled for the National Anthem but stood for ‘God Save The Queen.’

President Trump Doubles Down On Kneelers

A record number of NFL players are kneeling for the National Anthem on Sunday, then all of the kneelers who were playing in England stood for ‘God Save The Queen.’

The Oakland A’s Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem on Saturday, extending the NFL-led anti-police protests to baseball.

Maxwell is a rookie catcher and son of an Army veteran.

“My decision has been coming for a long time,” said Maxwell after the game.”I know I was on the fence for a long time because I know no one in baseball has ever done it. I finally got to the point where I thought the inequality of man is being discussed, and it’s being practiced from our president.”

“The point of my kneeling is not to disrespect our military, it’s not to disrespect our Constitution, it’s not to disrespect this country,” Maxwell said after doing those very things.

“My hand over my heart symbolizes the fact that I am and I’ll forever be an American citizen, and I’m more than grateful to be here. But my kneeling is what is getting the attention because I’m kneeling for the people that don’t have a voice.”

“And this goes beyond the black community, and this goes beyond the Hispanic community, because right now we’re having an indifference and a racial divide in all types of people,” Maxwell continued.

“It’s being practiced from the highest power that we have in this country, and it’s basically saying that it’s OK to treat people differently. My kneeling, the way I did it, was to symbolize that I’m kneeling for a cause, but I’m in no way or form disrespecting my country or my flag.”

More than a dozen Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee during the U.S. national anthem played early Sunday in England. The Jaguars were joined by their owner, Shad Khan, who supported Donald Trump for president. The players then stood for Britain’s ‘God Save The Queen.’

Many athletes have complained about President Trump’s speech Friday night in Alabama when he said owners should fire players who disrespect the national anthem. Trump referred to a player who kneels as “son on a bitch.”

Despite the outrage from some athletes, Trump doubled down on his statements Sunday morning.

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” the president tweeted. “Fire or suspend!”

Trump followed that with another tweet that read: “… NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”

  • Dave W

    It’s horrible to now have to read *sportswriters* trying to lecture us on “the issues,” and telling us we just don’t like being made uncomfortable. Hey, this ain’t the ’60s. Kaepernick has led the way in this neo-protest of the ’60s. Stop living in the past.

    Black men killed unjustly by police make headlines. There have been no headlines in a year. A year! This whole hysteria (Kaepernick: “bodies piling up in the streets”) goes back to an issue that doesn’t even exist!

    White guilt from the ’60s — here I’m including the 1860s — does funny things to white people.

    • Highest common denominator

      It’s happening in sports. If anything, they’re definitely qualified to talk about it.

      And you are uncomfortable. What should make you uncomfortable is the dumbfuck president tweeting about athletes and intentionally causing damage to American businesses, instead of running a country.

      • M.

        “It’s happening in sports. If anything, they’re definitely qualified to talk about it.”
        An idiot athlete that does a half-assed protest in a sports arena does not make the sportswriter qualified to push public policy. If they wanted to do that kind of writing, they would work as a political news journalist.

        • Highest common denominator

          For a half assed protest, you sure are full assed mad about it.

          • M.

            Oh, I’m not mad. I’m just tired of seeing multi-millionairs bitch and moan about how they’re oppressed. It annoys me that these articles are still being made. This protest is a big nothing burger. It won’t solve anything, no one will do anything about it. All it’s doing is just trying to make people angry. It’s mean spirited and a waste of time. But I can see you care very deeply about the dealings of people you don’t know.

          • jennifer 0.2

            ” All it’s doing is just trying to make people angry.”

            Hey goober, You angry?
            Guess somethings are changing, Huh?

          • M.

            I’m just the guy in the middle of your shit, so… What the fuck?

          • Highest common denominator

            Caring deeply about people you don’t know should be easy for a first world citizen.

            Also, the millionaires aren’t complaining about them being oppressed. They’re giving voice to those who are oppressed and have no influence to make a difference.

            You sure are wrapped around complaining HOW they protest, instead of WHY they protest. It’s almost as if the protesting was to upset people exactly like you.

          • Peony

            Maybe they should look at the stats.
            This table can be used for a number of interesting calculations. First,
            we find that during the 2012/2013 period, blacks committed an average of
            560,600 violent crimes against whites, whereas whites committed only
            99,403 such crimes against blacks. This means blacks were the attackers
            in 84.9 percent of the violent crimes involving blacks and whites. This
            figure is consistent with reports from 2008, the last year DOJ released similar statistics. Perhaps not coincidentally, that was the year Mr. Obama was elected president.

            Using figures for the 2013 racial mix of the population–62.2 percent
            white, 17.1 percent Hispanic, 13.2 percent black–we can calculate the
            average likelihood of a person of each race attacking the other. A black
            is 27 times more likely to attack a white and 8 times more likely to
            attack a Hispanic than the other way around. A Hispanic is eight times
            more likely to attack a white than vice versa.
            https://www.amren.com/news/2015/07/new-doj-statistics-on-race-and-violent-crime/

          • Highest common denominator

            Alright. Now search your white supremacist website for the reason the players are protesting. Because it’s not this.

          • mcgus

            It should be “this”.

          • Highest common denominator

            Are you high?

      • mcgus

        Potus has low tolerance for injustice and I am glad! It is unjust to take your grievances out on the flag and the freedom it represents!

        • Highest common denominator

          It’s not a flag protest, it’s an inequality protest.

          Why are you not mad that the NFL flies a flag horizontally across the field? That is an actual violation of flag code. If i were you, I’d be PISSED.

  • queenswreath

    What is he talking about? Everyone in this country has a voice! Even those illegal aliens that are not due one! What planet do these people live on? My God they are stuck on stupid about a past they insist we still live in no mater the truth that says we have moved on and upward! You can not be free to live tomorrow if you insist the past is now!

    • queenswreath

      If you ask any one of these miscreants what injustice you have had to endure they will respond with fantasy I did not get what I deserve or give an example or two of the few that were denied justice in order to claim its systemic throughout our nation .

      • Highest common denominator

        It’s Not about them. It’s about those that don’t have the voice, platform, and impact to make people think.

        • Remo_5_0

          Like whom? Why don’t they go help the inner city folks who are killing each other? They need to be the voice for them. These athletes are the most back asswards fools out there.

          • Highest common denominator

            There are plenty of community outreach programs led by these athletes. Just because they aren’t on your newsfeed doesn’t mean they aren’t happening. For a solid year, Kaepernick has been educating children in their constitutional rights.

          • Remo_5_0

            Maybe he should educate them not to kill each other.

          • Highest common denominator

            There’s groups addressing that. Check outside your regular newsfeed.

            It seems like the monolithic black population can care about more than one thing at the same time. Maybe try arguing against why they’re protesting instead of constantly introducing other arguments to mar the conversation.

          • Remo_5_0

            I’ll check your unslanted news feeds, CNN, Huffpost, Yahoo.

          • Highest common denominator

            Alright. Maybe in your research you’ll learn to argue on topic instead of trying to throw the conversatIon off with pointless comments.

  • queenswreath

    Are sports players just now succumbing to affluenza? https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/10/21/the_affluenza_epidemic_of_2015/

  • Remo_5_0

    Who cares, they can all kneel. Not sure why they are protesting the military, the police don’t really have anything to do with the national anthem..dumbfucks.

    • jennifer 0.2
      • Remo_5_0

        And? I’m sure you’ve knelt for 100.

      • Peekin-In

        They keeled because that’s the in thing to do. They’re blaming Trump for speaking what so many are showing silently………no attendance………no buying of sports memorabilia, and shutter the thought,,,,,,,,,,,,,canceling their cable subscriptions to sports programming. Oh the humanity, oh the loss of revenue……. bummer. Paybacks are silent but deadly to the teams.

    • Highest common denominator

      They aren’t protesting the military. They’re protesting inequality, and more recently, Trump’s conduct unbecoming of POTUS.

      • Remo_5_0

        Lowest Common Denominator:

        They are protesting what they perceive as police brutality, the national anthem really has nothing to do with the police, odd way to protest the POTUS…anyways MAGA, I can do without football.

        • Highest common denominator

          Apparently it’s a very effective to protest SCROTUS. He can’t stay off the subject, and you’re so pissed you can’t help but think about it.

          • Remo_5_0

            Ha, far from pissed, I would have to care to be pissed. MAGA

          • Highest common denominator

            of course you care. you wouldn’t have called anyone a dumbfuck if you didn’t care.

          • Remo_5_0

            Nah, just like the word dumbfuck, suits a lot of purposes.

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  • Tim

    Revoke their passports. If they can show no respect for the symbol of American sacrifice and choose to show respect for a foreign country then the treasonous entitled traitors can try and stay with their country of choice.

    • Highest common denominator

      But they’re not protesting against the Anthem, they’re protesting against inequality.

      • Steve

        So, Lt Commander US Navy Reserve San Diego, if you speak of equality and inequality, here are non sarcastic questions:

        1). why are there not many Asians or Hispanics in the NFL? Do you think there should be Affirmarive action for these minorities?

        2) why are there a lot more blacks in tv commercials, tv programs, movies verses Hispanics or Asians, especially if Hispanics per census, equal or outnumber blacks?

        • Highest common denominator

          To what end?

          • Steve

            Lt Commander, u are very eloquent, I’d like to read your opinions on equality/inequality of my posed questions, especially why isn’t there Affirm Action for these sub minority groups in listed professions. But if u can’t comment why Affirm, simple answers to 1 & 2.

          • Highest common denominator

            1. No.
            2. More in demand.

          • Steve

            LT Commander, In respect to your answer to number 1, I totally agree. If you can’t compete or do the job to an appropriate expected level, you should not be just GIVEN the job. Earn it! But this supporting inequality????

            So coming from a Person of Color, when Vocal Blacks get the most benefit over every type of Progressive Action over Hispanics, Asians, Whites, American Indians and other races, we get pissed. When I read Jesse Jackson squeezing Silicon Valley to Give more high technjobs to his Blacks, I roll my eyes — let the best candidate EARN the job.

            My response to your answer for 2 is I disagree. It’s the current push over the last few years and the high profile incidents regarding Blacks that have pushed them to the forefront of getting this and that, which is a reason why Hispanics, Asians, other ethnic minorities are not happy — “squeakiest wheel gets the grease”? Hollywood is pretty Left, and pandering to the rhetoric.

            So when I see Media either under report crime, not use specific racially identifiable traits of a suspect, or use their names such as Wilson, Lopez or Wong, the one with most likely Hispanic or Asian genes gets Racially identified To a crime, but what about Wilson???? —

            Hispanics, Asians and others get exposed, but who is Wilson??? — an example of Media quietly sensoring news or covering for thugs who are disproportionately, per their demographic numbers, over involved in property crime, violent crimes and such.

            Cover and give to a specific group, exclude the rest, and guess what, WE THE REST OF THE PEOPLE get pissed.

          • Highest common denominator

            You’re taking Jesse Jackson seriously. That alone throws most of what you think about black folk right out of the window.

          • Steve

            Lt Commander of US Navy Reserve San Diego,

            Whether it was Jackson or ???!, Silicon Valley is actively implementing Affirmative action in high tech and Vulture Capital.

            And, I bet if Jackson made contact with your JAG regarding a complaint on you for something in the general complaint category of Conduct Unbecoming an Officer, I’d bet someone would at least have a conversation with you. I know he still carries media weight and has ears with my friends city government employers in California.

            I’ll bet on the JAG angle.

          • Highest common denominator

            There’s also a large swath of both Hispanics and Asians who try to shed their own ethnicity in order to fully assimilate into white culture, skin tone and all. With that comes the same subjugation for natives Americans and black folk from not only racist whites, but racist white Hispanics and wanna-be-white Asians.

            Sure you may be pissed that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If that’s the case, stop your own people from aligning with racist white folk and become a squeaky wheel.

          • Steve

            It’s called being an American (getting a job, getting educated, working hard, saving for and pushing the next generation) many Blacks, Whites, Hispanics , Asians do what you call shed their ethnicity and subjugate.

            So what you are saying is be the Squeaky Wheel, which is avoid responsibility for your Actions, get the Media to avoid talking about who is robbing who, and demand as BLM activists do that Whites GIVE them their property? :0

            What people want is for accountability and I hope you can figure a lot of this victimization rhetoric is to get economic benefit. As you said regarding NFL hiring, Affirmative action shouldn’t be used, but it’s ok to have people demand to be given economic benefits just for their color.

          • Highest common denominator

            Not at all. NFL is purely physically skill based. Totally separate from the regular working field. People will pay to see the absolute best play football because they aren’t anonymous service providers.

      • Maureen M Hagen

        So if they aren’t protesting against the Military or the Anthem, then why not do it during one of the practices if they feel the need to take a stance??? The Anthem in most people’s minds represents our rights that our Service Men and Women fought for…. It Should Not be used to and our Military be disrespected by players who are paid to do a job. The job starts when you put the uniform on. Just like Drs. ;Nurses, and Police or any other profession. You have a right to protest, but do it on your OWN TIME. Not while doing your job that they are paid to do. If that an issue for some then you should not be in that line of work.

        • Highest common denominator

          I’m a service member. Not all of us are offended. I applaud it.

          And you protest publicly for the attention. There’s no point in protesting in private, it’s supposed to disruptive.

          Finally, the players are realizing they have more power than they thought. The owners won’t do anything to them because the players are why they make money.

      • Peekin-In

        bullshit and you know it.

        • Highest common denominator

          that’s been the stance the whole time, clown. Stay mad.

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  • Trefflek

    Kneeling isn’t bringing attention to anything in a positive matter. Kneeling is only causing greater divide.

    If your wondering what someone without honor for those who have sacrificed for our country looks like, look at the kneelers. They have no honor for those who gave them the right to kneel.

  • Dan Topp

    This must be the dump the NFL reelect Trump campaign I heard about.

  • Highest common denominator

    No, by taking a public stance against crooked cops.

    How exactly are they disrespecting the entire nation?

  • Peekin-In

    “My hand over my heart symbolizes the fact that I am and I’ll forever be
    an American citizen, and I’m more than grateful to be here. But my
    kneeling is what is getting the attention because I’m kneeling for the
    people that don’t have a voice.”
    Really??? No voice??? They’ve been speaking out about it for months, Kneeling is total disrespect for the flag and country and nothing this airhead said is right. The American public do view this as disrespect for flag and country. You BOUGHT the negative comments from your black counterparts, you caved. I wonder how your Father felt. He fought for your freedom to kneel and disrespect his self sacrifice for your right to do so. Shame on you…. They’re all a disgrace.

  • Highest common denominator

    Alright.

    You should also double check your “to” before calling someone stupid though.